China to host GP from 2004

Formula One will be extending its travels to China from 2004 when the country hosts its first Grand Prix in Shanghai. The 'Shang' circuit, named after the Chinese character for its shape, will be 5.44km and created by renowned track designer...

Formula One will be extending its travels to China from 2004 when the country hosts its first Grand Prix in Shanghai. The 'Shang' circuit, named after the Chinese character for its shape, will be 5.44km and created by renowned track designer Herman Tilke. Estimated at a cost of around $244million, the circuit is aiming to hold 200,000 spectators and should be completed by March 2004.

"Formula 1 is the biggest annual global sporting event," said Max Mosley at the opening ceremony. "And it has been my ambition since becoming FIA President, that Formula 1 should have a home in the world's largest nation - that ambition will be realised in 2004 when the world of Formula One will arrive in Shanghai."

"Let me thank everyone involved in this project, including the Motorsport Federation of China and say how much I look forward to returning in 2004 for the first Formula 1 Grand Prix of China in Shanghai."

Bahrain is another country set to join the F1 calendar in 2004. It will be the first Middle East country to host a GP and the circuit, again designed by Tilke, will be near the capitol of Manama. It's thought that one of the European races will be scrapped in favour of the new venues although it's possible the calendar could be increased to eighteen events.

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Drivers Hermann Tilke